5 THINGS TO WATCH
1. FRIEND VS. FRIEND
Mount Tahoma coach Ricky Daley typically roots for Stadium and coach Thomas Ford … just not this week. The last time the former UPS assistants played each other was their first game at their respective Tacoma schools in the 2014 season opener, when Mount Tahoma won its only game of the year and Stadium went on to go 0-9. Now that they’re both in the 3A PCL, they’ll have to play each other more often than they had hoped. "It’s almost like a cousin kind of relationship we have," Daley said.
2. WHICH HOISINGTON?
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Vashon’s Bryce Hoisington has been limited to 40 carries for 179 yards rushing on 40 carries after rushing for the single-season 11-man record of 2,929 yards last year. Meanwhile, younger brother and QB Connor Hoisington has 73 carries for 387 yards. It didn’t help Bryce had an ankle injury that sidelined him. "Teams are stacking against Bryce," said first-year coach Clay Eastly, who has even tried Bryce at QB and slot receiver to give defenses different looks. "They know right where he is."
3. 1B MAGIC
Tacoma Baptist (3-0) has already won more games than it did the previous two seasons combined, now that it is playing eight-man football in Class 1B. And the Crusaders are 3-0 for the first time since it reached the 2B state semifinals in 2009. QB PJ Talen has benefitted most – he’s thrown for 509 yards and rushed for 325 so far. "We didn’t have expectations (of 1B) going in. Just a lot of unknown," Tacoma Baptist coach Tim Rasmussen said. "We had never been there."
4. AMV ADJUSTMENT
When Auburn Mountainview QB Sui Daniels went down with a broken collarbone in the first quarter against Lincoln, AMV coach Jared Gervais simply slid Tallan Alfrey (14-33, 257 yards, 2 TDs; 16 catches, 190 yards, 2 TDs) from receiver. He led the Lions to a 31-24 win over Federal Way last week in their 4A NPSL Olympic debut and AMV plays Auburn Riverside on Friday. "He’s our best receiver," Gervais said. "He’s faster than Sui and he’s a great, 4.0 kid. We just had to simplify our offense a bit."
5. WILSON RB OUT
Best-case scenario? Wilson sophomore running back Ezra Adams misses the next two weeks – including next week’s game against Lincoln. Best case? He’s out for the season with a torn ACL. Rams coach Don Clegg said Adams (25 carries, 164 yards, 3 TDs in a game and a half) will have an MRI on his knee Friday. "That’s big because he could be a premier back in the area for the next few years," Clegg said. "He’s got so much speed and great peripheral vision and he’s a tough kid."
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